JOHN ROWLANDS-PRITCHARD
JOHN ROWLANDS-PRITCHARD

CHANT DAYS

 

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Saturday 21st September 2019
Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit
The Old School House, Bleddfa, Powys LD7 1PA
9.30 am - 5 pm
GREGORIAN CHANT: THE JOY OF SINGING    
An inclusive day course for singers and also for those with interests in the history of music, theology, meditation, and cultural history.
The distinctive chant notation will be explained, and all will have practical experience of original Gregorian chants celebrating the joy of singing, and of reciting together with others the straightforward music of the short monastic ‘Hour’ services.
A course booklet is given to each participant containing all the chant to be used.
The course uses English texts as well as Latin. Singing experience in choral society or church choir is welcome though not necessary - former participants considering themselves not to be singers have surprised and enjoyed themselves by simply joining in.
Booking and details

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Saturday 9th November 2019
Sarum College, Salisbury
10 am - 4 pm

For those with theological, historical or musical interests, the day course is structured around the monastic hour services. The theology of Gregorian chant is explored through singing it.  Singing experience is welcome, but not necessary for the course. There will be a chance to sing a short service in the Trinity Chapel at Salisbury Cathedral.

Details and Booking

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Saturday 30 November 2019
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling
10am-5pm
Chant for Christmas: A singing day using St Dominic's Press 1926 publication “Cantica Natalia”; a beautifully printed songbook of Chant for Christmas.  The day concludes with an informal performance in Ditchling Church for friends and family.

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Monday 4th May - Thursday 7th May 2020
Benslow Music

4-day residential course.

GREGORIAN CHANT: THE JOY OF SINGING, will use chant with texts which express singing and music.  This is an immersive course for singers and for those with interests in the history of music, theology, meditation, and cultural history, through reading, learning and singing the chant.

Benslow Music is an inspirational and dedicated centre for music, hosting many courses throughout the year.

 

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

are a chance to experience Gregorian chant in a friendly, entertaining, informative and enjoyable context.
All are welcome - women and men, singers and non-singers, beginners together with experienced singers.

The day is structured around the traditional Benedictine monastic hour services recited mainly in English.
The day works toward an informal performance of  a sequence of chant, which includes some of the rich heritage of Latin chant.


 

John Rowlands-Pritchard
...worked as a professional singer in the cathedral choirs of Ely and of Wells, and as an oratorio soloist; and founded the group Opus Anglicanum, 5 singers and a reader.

...studied mediaeval song with Professor John Stevens and early Gregorian chant with Dr. Mary Berry at Cambridge, illustrating lectures and broadcast talks for both.

...sang as a Cantor with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge for recital work and recording in many European cathedrals and abbeys, and in the Vatican.

...has directed Gregorian Chant Days for university music departments, cathedral choirs, music festivals, and adult education colleges.

...and in 2016 was made an honorary Associate of the Royal School of Church Music for work with the chant.

...has recently worked for Glastonbury Abbey, Benslow Music, with the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory Co.Meath Ireland, Sarum College, Dorchester Arts, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Seattle Cathedral Compline Choir

 

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